Any British person capable of reading knows that their journalists are perhaps the most ruthless group of people employed as writers. This is especially true for British sports journalists, who are veritable pundit-ocracy of wildly blunt, shameless headline-making sharks that betray the region's polite stereotype.
So, when Serena William's far too candid interview with Rolling Stone sparked controversy, the English press was more than merry to fan the flames building up to her match with Maria Sharapova. Let's take a look at some of the headlines these saucy Brits conconcted.
1. The Observer: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams: a soap opera story for Wimbledon
The Rolling Stone article's controversy not only stems from Williams' implied blame of the victim in Stuebenville Rape case, but also Williams' thinly veiled remark about Sharapova's love life. Sharapova is currently dating Williams' former item Grigor Dimitrov, whom Williams said has "a black heart."
Sharapova's response was "a bombshell that landed like one of her one of her aces ... [When] Sharapova, the gilded darling ... remarked on the relationship between Williams and her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou," writes The Observer's Kevin Mitchell.
2. The Mirror: Russian to launch a blistering personal attack on her rival
Sharapova's response: maybe she should talk about her relationship, and her boyfriend that was married, and is getting a divorce and has kids," Sharapova said, referring to Patrick Mouratoglou.
"The two biggest names in women’s tennis have become embroiled in a public cat fight," writes The Mirror's Neil McLeman, accompanying this sentiment with a papparazzi photo of Sharapova and Dimitrov.
3. The Daily Star: NO LOVE LOST BETWEEN THE WIMBLEDON GLAMOUR GIRLS
"It was claws out" writes the Daily Star's Tony Stenson. The headline photo featured Sharapova screaming mid-swing, wonderfully, cheaply, driving the point home.